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volume control not loud enough with headphones?

by normanoak / April 12, 2009 12:55 PM PDT

Hello,
when I listen to music on my desktop computer with my headphones, it's not really loud enough. When I don't have headphones in, I can turn the volume on my speakers up really loudly. But with the headphones, if I turn the volume all the way up in both winamp, and the advanced volume control options, it's annoyingly quiet. Is there another program I can download maybe to control the volume? Before my computer crashed a few months ago, I had a problem where volume control wouldn't work at all, and I fixed it by using some other random program I found online, but I can't remember what it was.. thanks..

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Not likely
by ramusson / April 12, 2009 9:04 PM PDT

Your speakers have amplifiers built in, and they drive your speakers. The audio card in the computer cannot drive your headphones (they might if you have a Hi Impedence Phones). You plugin the phones to an earphone socket in your speakers if there's one, else get amplifiers for the headphones.

Ramesh

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found a way around it!
by normanoak / April 13, 2009 7:43 AM PDT
In reply to: Not likely

Hey, I ended up investing in a new pair of headphones (Sony Bass Boost)... 30 dollars (yikes) but they increase the volume by at least double the amount. Thanks anyway!

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another option
by gnrgrl / January 6, 2010 5:07 AM PST
In reply to: found a way around it!

I found a headphone amplifier device on Amazon for under $10. I ordered it but haven't received it yet. After reading reviews it seem to me that it should do the trick, and I can use whatever headphones I want.

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a little late but found a solution
by sezzgheen / July 9, 2011 3:54 PM PDT

Hi,
I've been looking for a solution for this issue after I upgraded to windows 7 from vista. I updated my driver and now everything resolved. For the ones interested, you can download the executable file from the website http://www.realtek.com.tw/downloads/ you should click on the "High definition audio codecs (software)" and pick the one you want to download.
Thanks

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